U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

   

The roundabout and Pondorado Undercrossing on the U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project (top); Paving on mainline U.S. Highway 50 (left); The new Pondorado Undercrossing (right)

Project Facts

Description

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) proposes to improve safety on U.S. Highway 50 (US 50) in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier, repaving the roadway, constructing an undercrossing, providing access to the undercrossing from local roads, improving drainage, and constructing a wildlife crossing under the highway. The project is in El Dorado County on US 50 from the Mosquito Road Undercrossing to the Schnell School Road Undercrossing (culvert replacement work) and from 0.2 miles west of Still Meadow Road to 0.2 miles east of Carson Road, post miles (PMs) 18.5 to 24.2.

Project Benefits

The purpose of this project is to improve safety on US 50 in the Camino corridor by installing a concrete median barrier that would restrict left-turn movements at at-grade intersections, rehabilitate deteriorated culverts and provide access for wildlife crossing the route. Safety improvements are needed because the collision rates along this segment of US 50 are higher than the statewide average. The culverts have exceeded their intended design life and require rehabilitation, and the wildlife crossing is needed to facilitate off-highway movement between the north and south side of US 50. A secondary purpose is to maintain local and regional access to and from the north and south sides of Highway 50 while providing safe east-west access on and off the highway.

Construction Updates

September 26-October 15

  • Finish paving and landscaping in the roundabout
  • Profile grind Highway 50 in both directions to meet smoothness specifications
  • Apply a polyester overlay to the bridge deck and profile grind
  • Continue repairs on median barrier
  • Erosion control, permanent striping and sign installation 

News Releases/Project Information

New Undercrossing Set to Open on Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Lane Restrictions on U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Lifted for Labor Day Holiday Weekend

Closure Extended on Carson Road within U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project in El Dorado County

Closure Extended on Carson Road within U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project in El Dorado County

Work Continues on U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Milestone Reached in U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Left Turns to be Restricted on U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Update on Camino Safety Project

Virtual Public Meeting Scheduled Thursday, Nov. 18 for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project 

Update on U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Traffic Restrictions for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Caltrans Hosting Virtual Public Meeting for U.S. Highway 50 Project

Traffic Changes for U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project

Extended Lane Closures on Highway 50 for Camino Safety Project

Weekday Lane Reductions to Start on U.S. Highway 50 Project

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Under Way

U.S. Highway 50 Camino Safety Project Presentation 6-24-21 (PDF)

U.S. Camino Safety Project Construction Completion Schedule (XLSX)

Funding Breakdown

Phase 1 Funding:
Local - $7,300,000
State - $5,500,000
Federal - $42,600,000
Estimated Total Project Cost - $55,400,000

Project Schedule

Environmental Document Completed -- 01/30/18
Right of Way Acquisition Completed -- 07/01/19
Design Completed -- 07/01/19
Advertise -- 12/15/19
Begin Construction -- 08/15/20
Expected Completion -- 12/01/22

Partnership

El Dorado County, El Dorado County Transportation Commission

Project Contact

Daniel Cuellar, Project Manager
Phone: (530) 812-5610

Steve Nelson, Public Information Officer
Phone: (530) 701-9459